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A NEW BOOK CALLED 'HOLD THE LINE PLEASE' ABOUT THE 'HELLO GIRLS' IN BIRMINGHAM, WRITTEN BY FORMER OPERATOR SALLY SOUTHALL

Hold the Line PleaseThe book 'Hold the Line Please' tells the story of the 'Hello Girls'. The author Sally Southall, herself a former Birmingham GPO telephone operator from 1949, believes this is the first book of its kind compiled by a 'Hello Girl'. She describes the development of the telephone service in the Midlands from Birmingham's first telephone exchange in 1879.

It tells of the training and the duties of the operators, which were basically the same nationwide, and concludes with the operators' own stories of their experiences as telephonists during WW2 and ensuing years.

I have reviewed the book myself and can highly recommend it, it makes an excellent read and is very informative. The 70 pages include many interesting photographs which gives a fascinating insight into how the GPO operated all those years ago.

To order a signed copy of the book telephone Sally Southall on 01676-535700 or send a cheque for 9.95 (including p&p) to Manor Cottage, 250 Station Road, Balsall Common, Coventry CV7 7EE. The ISBN number for the book is 1-85858-239-3.


 

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